March 06, 2010 09:00:58am
Re: The importance of attending a show
This past Dec 19, SkuzzleButt politely asked me
the same question. I understand what SkoBud and you guys are saying. SB asked me, "I know you taped the Dead in '73, and for that we are all thankful. I notice that almost all of your posts (not the pic ones, just the texts), when they reference a specific year at all, refer back to '73 (a year I love, BTW). Are there any other eras you like/dislike?"
Thanks for asking. The 1973 east coast shows are the GD shows I attended
. For me, nothing will ever compare to them - especially the 6 outdoors shows mentioned. As a result, my life changed dramatically, and it remains "changed" to this day. I've noted these experiences on this forum. I also have a few good posts at Festivarian Forum. Probably everyone here knows my musical preferences: good sounding, great jamming, exciting improvisational music is what I prefer. Right now I am the sole archivist and the only taper of shows for several other bands and artists I also admire. I have published my recordings of their live music. This includes creating a 'new music collection' at the LMA. Visit my website
I am seeking input from others regarding this 'over-the-top' era. I enjoy filling in some of the gaps. It remains pretty damn sketchy when you look back. They are about to hire a dude for $70K to put all this shit together, somehow. Jon Stewart sums it up in this YouTube clip
. Evidently, there is a mountain of stuff that's going to be archived.
Unfortunately for example, only weeks after I spoke to Jerry Moore and Rob Berger for the first time over at LL, Jerry passed away. I'm still trying to figure out what the hell happened at the Watkins Glen event - and yet, I was there for all of it
. I thought using the 1.5 million people context was another cool way to frame the hugeness of these 6 outdoors shows. I've not seen this figure mentioned before. It was an incredible 6-week run. It all went down during some very 'heady' musical times. The evolution of sound systems and taping equipment being developed at this time was amazing. I have written alot about this. Earl also writes here about some of the band's equipment.
Can anyone show me 6 outdoors music shows in a 6-week period - shows here on The Archive - that are more huge than these - not to mention 'the incredible sound'? It is true however, not many people here are discussing this. Why not? Is this because too many people who went to these shows are instead -- ashamed of themselves -- for taking acid and tripping with others at a GD show back then? Or, what if maybe they've changed entirely since then, and they can't handle The Truth
these days - because they choose to hide from it. I've also used "the mic" here - particularly during the run-up to the 2008 US elections. It's possible I have been putting our boys up on a pedestal. Maybe I need a blood-transfusion to fix this problem.
everyone here also knows I'm the biggest Sugaree-thread junkie around
Sugaree - 1977-May-28
I have said here many times that the GD 1970-05-06 benefit show - at Kresge Plaza, M.I.T. - was 'my proudest GD moment.' What's said by Jer, Phil, and Bob in The Hippie Temptation documentary in 1967 is for sure most important to me. Let's not forget, PEACE - and loving Our Planet - is what I'm harping on.